Actiu’s headquarters in Castalla (Alicante) has become just the fifth complex in the world to receive the Well v2 certification. It is also the first industrial building to hold the two LEED and WELL Platinum, accrediting the furniture company’s headquarters as “a healthy and sustainable space that ensures the well-being of the people who work inside and outside it”.
Granted by the WELL Building Institute (IWBI) and audited at Actiu by CBRE, the WELL v2 Platinum Certification accredits, through a rating system for buildings and communities, to what extent these spaces have been built to ensure the health and well-being of their occupants, valuing aspects including lighting, temperature and people’s mood. This accreditation follows the LEED Platinum Certification achieved by the company in 2017 in recognition of its technology park’s sustainable architecture.
“Investing in health and well-being is investing in life,” explains Soledat Berbegal, Actiu’s advisor and director of brand reputation. “Companies need that dynamism and that human value. And that is achieved by caring for and stimulating people through space. The WELL Certification takes into account physical as well as emotional well-being. And everything to do with the heart and the senses is life. Life for employees and also for companies.” Added head of well-being Pablo Amorós, “Actiu already had a lot of work done regarding all the sustainability principles that were applied in the construction of its corporate headquarters in the technological park in Castalla. There was no doubt that it was very efficient but we needed to provide greater well-being for people in the content, in other words, inside the building. We wanted to set up a more efficient, friendlier and more collaborative space.” These modifications included installing drinking water points less than 30 metres from any work area; implementing measures to promote sport, with the presence of sports trainers and a gym; incorporating health food vending machines; and applying sensors and methodology to measure air and water quality. In addition, operational positions have been updated with the company’s new, more dynamic furniture ranges, facilitating collaboration, communication and comfort.
To encourage active habits, height-adjustable tables have been installed on every floor of the technology park and some stations have been equipped with electronic height-adjustable tables such as Power. Meeting rooms have also been equipped with high tables (Prism) and multi-purpose tables (Talent) for more dynamic meetings; while Badminton armchairs provide greater comfort in the reception and collaboration areas.
The already existing interior gardens have been reinforced with “green corners” with vegetation, and the windows have been used to maximise the use of natural light and have greater views to the outside.